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Posted December 01, 2021in Business Feature

Where are the cars?

Consolidation and COVID-19 have driven changes in the automotive industry both nationally and locally.   When Mark Hummel’s great grandfather opened a Plymouth-DeSoto dealership in Beaverdale in 1929, his was [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Business Feature

Handing off the baton

Successful business transitions require planning and preparation. After years of hard work, those who saw their dream of building a successful business come true often begin to see a new [...]

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Posted September 01, 2021in Business Feature, Business Journal

Performance evaluations for a changing workforce

Shifting from once-a-year formal reviews to more timely feedback can be a game-changer for both companies and their employees.    Ask any working professional about their thoughts on performance reviews, [...]

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Posted August 04, 2021in Business Feature, Business Journal

The business of death

COVID-19, rising costs speed up changes in the funeral industry. One would be hard pressed to find an industry that isn’t changing with the times, and the funeral industry is [...]

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Posted June 30, 2021in Business Feature

Retirement Plans

  Pension plans are almost a thing of the past as employers shift to defined-contribution plans such as the 401(k). Today, it may be hard to believe that, at one [...]

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Posted June 02, 2021in Business Feature

Help wanted — and quickly!

More than 66,000 job openings are listed through Workforce Development. As businesses start to reach the “light at the end of the tunnel” and fully reopen as COVID-19 wanes and [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Business Feature

Productivity, protection and privacy

What happens when employers and employees disagree on COVID-19 vaccinations? When many business owners closed their doors and sent employees home to work remotely, and/or instituted social distancing policies in [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Business Feature

Protecting personal and business assets

A customer is about to enter your business on an icy Iowa day, slips and falls, breaking a bone… A diner in your restaurant gets sick after eating your special [...]

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Posted March 03, 2021in Business Feature

Gone to the dogs

For those of us who grew up with “Lassie,” the beloved Timmy-saving Collie, our pet dogs were wonderful companions, even part of the family. We took them for walks and [...]

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Posted February 03, 2021in Business Feature

Changing spaces

Changing trends have regularly caused business leaders to rethink their use of office space. From a time when clunky rotary phones were placed on heavy wooden desks, to the days [...]

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